Luxury Travel Advisor's Awards of Excellence


Aaron Kaupp of the Hotel Palazzo Sasso; Sarah Ball of PURE; Top Concierge, Frank Laino of The Stafford; Andrea Grisdale of IC Bellagio, who received the Top Educator Award; Stuart Procter of The Stafford; Tara Grand of the Maybourne Hotel Group; Ben Provost of The Stafford, who accepted for The Stafford’s American Bar, voted the Best Hotel Bar Worldwide; Karen Fedorko Sefer of Seasong Tours; and Peter Carideo of CRC Travel, who is on the nominating committee for the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence

The stars were out in Las Vegas at the Luxury Travel Advisor Awards of Excellence ceremony in December. The exclusive event, which was held at The Mirage, drew luxury travel executives from around the globe, including Dubai, Phuket, Italy and South Africa. The awards, which recognize the top travel suppliers in the world, were presented by a host of luxury travel advisors, who also served as the nominating advisory board for the program. The beautiful glass-blown awards were custom designed and handcrafted by glass artist James Stone of Stone and Glass in San Diego.


Ricci Zukerman of Worldview Travel; Kathy and Leo Falkensammer of Prestige Travel and Cruises; Steve Tucker of Silversea; Arie Zukerman of Worldview Travel; and Doug Seagle of Seabourn

Winners & Sightings


Jeff Johnson of Montage Hotels & Resorts; Ruthanne Terrero of Luxury Travel Advisor; James Bermingham of Montage Laguna Beach; and John McMahon of Luxury Travel Advisor. Montage Laguna Beach won Best Luxury Hotel in North America


The 2009 Awards of Excellence Winners are:

Airline With The Best First-class Service

Singapore Airlines

Airline With The Best Business-class Service

Virgin Atlantic

Best Private Jet Company

Blue Star Jets

Best Cruise Line For Luxury Ocean Cruises

Crystal Cruises

Best Cruise Line For Luxury Small Ships


Best Hotel Bar Worldwide

American Bar, The Stafford Hotel, London

Best Luxury River Cruise Provider

Viking River Cruises

Best Luxury Tour Operator/Wholesaler

Abercrombie & Kent

Best Luxury Car Rental Company


Best City Center Luxury Hotel in Europe

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort In North America

Montage Laguna Beach

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort in Asia

Amanpuri Phuket, Thailand

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort in South Pacific/Australia

St. Regis Bora Bora

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort in Caribbean/Bermuda/Bahamas

One&Only Ocean Club, Paradise Island, The Bahamas


Best Luxury Resort Hotel in Mexico/Central/South America

One&Only Pamilla Resort, Cabo San Lucas

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort in the Middle East

Burj Al-Arab, Dubai

Best Luxury Hotel/Resort in Africa/Indian Ocean

Cape Grace, Cape Town

Best Luxury Hotel Group

Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts

Best Resort Beach Worldwide

St. Regis Bora Bora

Top Luxury Suite in a Hotel/Resort Worldwide

Royal Suite, Burj Al Arab

Top Villa in a Luxury Hotel/Resort Worldwide

The Sanctuary, Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos

Best City Center Luxury Hotel Spa Worldwide

Bellagio, Las Vegas

Top Luxury Destination Management Company Worldwide

Abercrombie & Kent

Top Concierge Worldwide

Frank Laino, The Stafford, London

Top General Manager of a Luxury Hotel/Resort Worldwide

Aaron Kaupp, Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy



From The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Pauletta Kaufman, national director of sales; Andrew Oxton of Bachelor Gulch; Sue Stephenson of Community Footprints; Megann Spohn of Half Moon Bay and David Taylor of New York’s Central Park South hotel









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